WORST: Colts 29, Bears 17 (Super Bowl XLI)

It's hard to fault Lovie Smith for leading <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ORSPT000036" title="Chicago Bears" href="/topic/sports/football/chicago-bears-ORSPT000036.topic">the Bears</a> to their first <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="EVSPR000004" title="Super Bowl" href="/topic/sports/football/super-bowl-EVSPR000004.topic">Super Bowl</a> since the 1985 season, but most expected a more competitive game. It started out that way, with <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PESPT007248" title="Devin Hester" href="/topic/sports/football/devin-hester-PESPT007248.topic">Devin Hester</a>'s 92-yard touchdown return on the opening kickoff giving the Bears plenty of momentum. But costly turnovers and defensive blunders kept Smith from fulfilling another of his initial promises. <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PESPT006897" title="Rex Grossman" href="/topic/sports/football/rex-grossman-PESPT006897.topic">Rex Grossman</a> threw a fourth-quarter interception that was returned for a touchdown, a play that typified the gloomy night. "When you turn the ball over as much as we did, it's really hard to win," Smith said.
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( Scott Strazzante, Chicago Tribune / February 4, 2007 )

It's hard to fault Lovie Smith for leading the Bears to their first Super Bowl since the 1985 season, but most expected a more competitive game. It started out that way, with Devin Hester's 92-yard touchdown return on the opening kickoff giving the Bears plenty of momentum. But costly turnovers and defensive blunders kept Smith from fulfilling another of his initial promises. Rex Grossman threw a fourth-quarter interception that was returned for a touchdown, a play that typified the gloomy night. "When you turn the ball over as much as we did, it's really hard to win," Smith said.

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